Recent Sermons

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    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 1/19/20 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 139:1-10

    Awe, terror, revival, rejuvenation.  These are all likely experiences when we encounter God. Indifference & apathy are not.  How might we adjust our gatherings, our spaces, our lives to nurture increased Divine-human communion?

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    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 12/22/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Luke 2:8-20

    In 1739, Charles Wesley published a hymnal including the famous "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." 1700 years earlier, ancient angelic songwriters had inspired him with news to sing about. What is the tune of our hearts this Advent season?

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  • The FIrst Carols: THe Magnificat

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 12/8/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Luke 1:46-55

    Science suggests a mother's voice has a potent, multi-faceted role in development.  What was the impact of Mary's song on baby Jesus?  On his followers?

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  • The First Carols: The Benedictus

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 12/1/19 

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:68-69

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  • Wisdom of the saint: Part 4

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 11/24/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  2 Timothy 4:1-8, 16-18

    Paul completes his journey faithfully, and speaks from the finish line with tender strength.  Young Timothy hears Paul’s final wisdom for shaping a life-giving culture.

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  • Wisdom of the SainT: Part 3

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 11/17/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  2 Timothy 3:1-17

    In the turbulent, tough, or terrible times at hand, Paul urges church shapers to persevere using the wisdom of spiritual ancestors and sacred writings. 

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  • Wisdom of the Saint: Part 2

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 11/10/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  2 Timothy 2:8-15

    What might it look like to remember Jesus?

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  • Being Wise

    SPEAKER: Barbara Edwards

    DATE: 10/27/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 7:21-29

    After Jesus gives the famous sermon on the mountain he offers a parable about the possible responses. One is wise, the other is foolish. 

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  • AWE

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 10/20/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 8

    We all have moment when our faith life lacks inspiration. How can experiencing the wonder of God’s love help move us toward fresh aliveness?  

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  • Use it or...

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/13/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 25:14-30

    With what gifts & talents have you been entrusted?  The Kingdom appears to value the risk of investment far more than the security of safety.  How will CG invest our God-given gifts and talents in 2020?

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  • The Kingdom is Like

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/6/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 4:17-25

    Jesus launches his ministry with an invitation to follow Him. To their surprise, following involves some open-ended adventures ahead. From a beach side boat launch, Jesus casts a series of similes to stimulate their imagination of God's Kingdom "taking root" among us.

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    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 9/29/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Jeremiah 10:1-16

    At the end of his Temple Sermon Jeremiah points out the silliness and futility of worshipping scarecrows in a melon patch when the God of creation is right in front of our eyes. 

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  • Blessed Unity

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/22/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 133

     Laughter and joy replace tears and weeping when the Lord allows new communion.  Restore our fortunes, we pray. 

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  • Our Appeal

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/15/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 126

    How very good and pleasant indeed, when we experience unity.  We witness that God is at work building a family that transcends all barriers that separate and diminish life. Converging from four corners of the world, God's people set all aside to worship side by side. 

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  • Songs of Ascents Part 2: THe cure for contempt

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/8/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 123

    As God's people journeyed toward God's presence, they felt the world's contempt. Paradoxically, knowing the contempt of the world can lead to knowing the grace and peace that overcomes the world. How might we nurture a contempt-free world?  

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  • Songs of Ascents Part 1: Moving Toward God

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/1/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Hebrews 11:29-12:3

    As God's people moved toward worship, they sang songs which became sacred.  The human condition seems not to have changed. We experience uncertainty, dislocation and danger. God provides guidance and help for every step. Hallelujah!


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  • When Sacred Rituals become Sickening

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/25/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

    What's required in shaping sacred rituals pleasing to God? With graphic imagery and full candor, the prophet speaks of shortcomings and solutions.


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  • You're Invited!

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/18/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Hebrews 11:29-12:3


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  • Tipping Point

    SPEAKER: Sarah Ford

    DATE: 8/11/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Luke 19:1-10

    What might we learn from the voice of Jesus calling Zacchaeus down from a tree?

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  • Managing $1M

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/4/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Luke 12:13-21

    Jesus' parable of the rich man invites us to explore our own relationship with money and how others fit into that relationship.

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  • Gotcha

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 7/28/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Colossians 2:6-19

    In a swirl of rapid regression and competing philosophies, Paul exhorts the Colossians to the only true fullness of life. 

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  • Kissing Christians

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 7/21/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Galatians 5:1, 13-25


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  • Always be weird

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 7/14/19  

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    The wholeness offered by Christ beckons us forward into a new, sacred, aliveness. We must be wary of the desire to go backwards, returning to what is comfortable or normal. Jesus followers are called to stop pretending, stop policing, stop procrastinating, and always be weird.

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  • Faith on the Margins

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 7/7/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Daniel 1:1-7

    The author of Daniel knew quite well what if was like to navigate a life of faith within a more dominant culture. What lesson's might we learn from the stories he recounted of Daniel's life.

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  • From Tossing to Tasting

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/30/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Luke 24:13-35

    Numerous features in anyone's life may prevent us from experiencing God. The living Lord seeks to penetrate them all.

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  • Why then the law?

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/23/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Galatians 3:19-29


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  • My peace I give you

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/16/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:1-5


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  • Philippi Interupted

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/9/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:16-34


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  • Memorial Day

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/26/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Psalm 67

    The Psalter spoke to many of God's characteristics and ways. This song raises up the expansiveness of God's generosity and love, and exhorts all humanity remember and rejoice!

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  • encore!

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/19/19  

    SCRIPTURE: John 21:1-19

    At any great concert, the headliner saves the best-known and most-fulfilling pieces until after the show is over.  Did ancient authors do the same?

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  • Stars and Stairs

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/5/19  

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    Regardless of how faithful or fearful, zealous or xenophobic, holy or hidden, we all have hunches that we just aren’t living fully.  Two characters in today’s text each respond to such an epiphany, the effects of which are still on display.

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  • Experiencing Scripture & Scripturing Experience

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 4/28/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Psalm 36

    Words are the symbolic medium of life experience.  Some portions of holy writ reveal their impetus. Other portions are so vast, one can only imagine the impulse.  What prompted the author of Psalm 36?  Describing God's love stretches words to their limit. 

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  • Dealing with Despair

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 4/7/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43:16-21

    Despair seems to be a part of life. Regardless of whether or not our own stories are filled with despair, we are all familiar with it and during the season of Lent we seem to be more aware of it. What might we learn from Isaiah 43 about dealing with it?

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  • Beyond the Tomb

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 4/21/19  

    SCRIPTURE: John 20:1-18

    Focusing on the mere facts of an empty tomb may preclude participating in the miracle introduced on Easter.

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  • Jesus, We want to be rescued...But not like that

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 4/14/19

    What is it that moves the Messiah to tears? Our exploration of Christ’s dramatic entry into Jerusalem at the start of Holy Week reveals our tendency to want a Savior who helps us get what we want instead of a Savior who truly wants to liberate and set us free.

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    *artwork by J. Kirk Richards

  • Lenten Examen-ation

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 3/31/19

    SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13


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  • From Church Attender to Kingdom Agent

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 3/3/19

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 9:1-6

    Jesus was in the business of inviting people in and sending them out. They were sent out as Kingdom Agents, but far too often churches are creating mere Church Attenders. What does it look like to move from a church attender to a Kingdom Agent?

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  • Two men encounter a savior

    SPEAKER: Erin Collins

    DATE: 2/24/19

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:18-25, Luke 19:1-10

    Both Zaccheaus and the Rich Ruler encounter Jesus, but they walk away with different experiences. What might we learn from their encounters?

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  • Green means Go!

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 3/17/19

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:9-15

    Peter, Paul and Patrick each had visions which guided their ministries toward the mundane, and even unsavory.  They proclaimed Good news to those burdened by religion, purity codes, isolation, and the economic machinery of their day.  How might these three saints guide us today?

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